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Shoe drive raises money for animals
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A shoe drive to benefit local animals has ended. Helping Animals of Warren County (HAWC) reached its goal and the shoes will now be submitted. Pictured seated, from left, are Irving College students Colton Fults, Wendy Garcia, Alyricka Lewis and Hunter Gay. Standing are Abram Stinson, Alex Castaneda, Paten Walker, Carlos Tamez, Riley Wanamaker, Mia Hobbs, teacher Heather Williamson, Cooper Bailey, KayLe Rhea, Rylin Crowe and Heriberto Jimenez, who gave a helping hand to the paws.

Helping Animals of Warren County has completed its first shoe collection drive to benefit local four-legged friends.
“It was a success,” said Hollie Cox, who is HAWC president. “Warren County was very giving. We had lots of help from the kids of Irving College and teacher Heather Williamson. They hosted a shoe collection fundraiser. The kids collected over 200 pair of shoes. That was great.”
The organization met its goal.
“We had a goal of 2,500 pair of shoes and we met that, thanks to the help of the community, every individual, church, and organization that donated,” said Cox. “We also had help from the places around town that allowed them to put out a collection box.”
HAWC is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of uniting people and organizations in the community to help animals. Its motto is “All for one, and one for paws.” The shoe collection drive helped raised funds that will be used for animal shelters and rescue groups in Warren County.
All donated shoes will be sent to Funds2Orgs. The national organization helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Donated shoes are redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network in developing nations. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house families.
Cox said the amount of shoes collected will hopefully generate $1,000 for the benefit of local animals.
HAWC was accepted as a 501(c)3 organization in January. For more information, or to join the effort to help local animals, visit Helping Animals of Warren County’s Facebook page.
Monthly meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at McMinnville’s Public Works building on Belmont Drive.